Martin A. Mainster, PhD, MD, FRCOphth

Luther and Ardis Fry Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology

Congratulations, Dr. Mainster, for being selected as a leading innovator in the field of medical and surgical retina in Ocular Surface News (OSN) "Retina 150!"  The list, identified by OSN editors and publisher, is a compilation of specialists who either work to educate their colleagues or innovate by developing novel technologies and techniques to advance the specialty.  Click here for full article.

Primary Research Interests

  • Macular and retinal vascular diseases
  • Ophthalmic laser systems and applications
  • Mathematical biophysics
  • Radiant energy eye hazards
  • Ophthalmoscopic and intraocular lenses


  • BS, North Carolina State College
  • PhD, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, Physics
  • MD, University of Texas Medical Branch

Post Graduate Education

  • Intern in Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Resident in Ophthalmology, Scott and White Memorial Hospital, Temple, Texas
  • Fellow in medical and surgical management of retinal and vitreous diseases, Retina Associates, Retina Foundation, and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, Massachusetts

Current Licensure and Certification

  • National Board of Medical Examiners
  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Kansas State Board of Healing Arts
  • Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts

Professional Societies

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Physical Society
  • American, Canadian and European Societies of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Kansas City Society of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology
  • Kansas State Ophthalmological Society
  • Laser Institute, Sigma Xi


Professor Mainster is the Luther and Ardis Fry Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His innovations that have become standard ophthalmic practice include aspheric contact lens ophthalmoscopy, the crossed-beam aiming system of Nd:YAG laser photodisruptors and UV-protective intraocular lenses implanted in hundreds of millions of people who have had cataract surgery during the past three decades. He worked in aerospace research for several years after receiving his Ph.D. in physics.  His subsequent medical training concluded with a Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary vitreoretinal fellowship.  He moved to the University of Kansas after practicing in Boston at the Schepens Retina Associates where he served as Senior Scientist and Director of the Clinical Research Center of the Schepens Eye Research Institute. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He has received the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Honor and Senior Achievement Awards. He has written over 135 scientific articles and is an author on 7 patents. He has been an invited professor at numerous institutions and a keynote speaker in many international symposia. He is recognized for his scientific contributions to retinal biophysics and imaging, macular disease, laser design, phototoxicity and physiological optics. Professor Mainster serves on numerous editorial board and technical standards-setting committees.

Publications (Current PubMed Articles)

Last modified: Aug 11, 2016


Martin A. Mainster, PhD, MD, FRCOphth